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Stronger Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Northern Province for Improved
Livelihoods of Vulnerable Persons
Northern Province, Sri Lanka
Request for consultancy – Street drama event for CSO awareness and affiliation
Hiring of art club/drama group to facilitate and conduct 16 street drama events in selected
two DS Divisions in Districts of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna and Mannar. The street drama
events are to show the abilities of vulnerable people, in particular women with disabilities,
women headed household; improving community perceptions and inclusion in CSOs which
will strengthen the CSOs’ representative capacities
Introduction and Project Background
The project implementing partners, Humanity and Inclusion (HI), Jaffna Social Action Centre
(JSAC), Centre for Accessibility, Monitoring and Information on Disability (CAMID) and
Viluthu have jointly initiated the project titled ‘Stronger CSOs in the Northern Province for
improved livelihoods of vulnerable persons’ funded by the European Union for a period of
four years.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to promoting the economic and social
participation of vulnerable people in Northern Sri Lanka. The action will contribute to the
overall objective by achieving the specific objective of strengthening the capacities of CSOs
in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaitivu Districts to support the socio-economic
inclusion of vulnerable individuals and groups, especially vulnerable women and women
with disabilities.
The objective of the action will be achieved through three complementary sets of activities
that are being implemented in 4 Districts in the Northern Province (Jaffna, Mannar,
Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi):
1. By improving the capacities of CSOs to identify needs of vulnerable people and to
support their empowerment (output 1). This involves trainings (on CSO governance,
management, inclusion, resilient livelihoods etc), inclusion awareness events and
members’ needs assessments.
2. The action improves the capacities of CSOs to support vulnerable people to access
provincial livelihood government services (output 2). For this, participatory
assessments lead to the identification and implementation of joint inclusion projects
with the government departments to improve quality and outreach of their services.
3. The action aims to increase market access of vulnerable women by improving CSO’s
and vulnerable women’s connections with private companies for accessing
employment or integration into value chains (output 3). Activities include market
access initiatives with the private sector and CSOs, linking companies to CSO
members and producer groups, addressing barriers to access markets, improving
the marketing of producer groups and facilitating buyer and seller agreements.
Market access is essential for ensuring that livelihood initiatives are sustainable.
The project has a strong focus on inclusion, capacity development and replication of
project activities by target actors, thus ensuring sustainability. It aims to enable target
actors to independently replicate activities, monitored by the project team.
Objectives of the Consu ltancy and Desired Outcomes
This consultancy will contribute to result 1: ‘District-level CSOs have improved
knowledge, skills, policies and procedures to include vulnerable people and identify
members’ livelihood support needs’, by implementing ‘lnclusion and affiliation
awareness campaigns’.
CSOs in the Northern province have members who are socio-economically vulnerable
(about half of the membership), including women headed household and people with
disabilities. However, CSOs do not always know how to support them best or how to ensure
the affiliation of vulnerable people who are currently left out. This also leads to limited
access of vulnerable people to services these CSOs provide, to limit participation in
community activities and limited representation in development processes Vulnerable
people and in particular people with disabilities face negative attitudes and prejudices
regarding their abilities and contribution to the community. At the same time, vulnerable
people themselves often do not have the confidence to raise their concerns or demand
participation. Yet, CSOs will benefit from including more vulnerable members in terms of
better fulfilling their mandates and in terms of representation, being able to speak for the
entire community. Awareness raising activities are therefore necessary to change CSO
leaders, members and wider community members’ attitudes and show the potential and the
benefits of including vulnerable people in CSOs.
The project assessed the context for inclusion of vulnerable people in CSOs. A baseline
assessment was conducted among CSOs in Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Jaffna
districts t especially focusing on the inclusion of vulnerable people such as women with
disabilities, women headed households with low income, low income families in the CSOs
(their membership, participation and the decision making roles), and also to analyze the
Civil Society Organizations’

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